Hyundai Elevate Concept Is A Futuristic Go-Anywhere Vehicle

Hyundai sees Walking Car prototype as perfect disaster relief vehicle

Hyundai sees Walking Car prototype as perfect disaster relief vehicle

But the technology used for Elevate can go well beyond emergency situations.

Dubbed by Hyundai as the "Ultimate Mobility Vehicle", Elevate runs on a modular electric vehicle platform and has the capability to switch out different bodies for specific situations. And once the first responders are clear of the disaster zone, the Elevate's legs retract under the cabin and drive like a conventional EV. "Elevate has the ability to take people where no vehicle has been before, and redefine our perception of vehicular freedom", said David Byron, design manager, Sundberg-Ferar, the company which has worked with Hyundai Cradle on this project for the past three years.

The way in which the vehicle's means of locomotion has been built allows it to drive on the road at highway speeds, but also to do things impossible for existing cars: climb a five-foot wall, step over a five-foot gap, walk over otherwise insurmountable terrain and achieve a 15 foot wide track width, all while keeping the people riding in it completely level.

Elevate can even walk in different styles: mammalian or reptilian style gaits.

"When a tsunami or quake hits, current rescue vehicles can only deliver first responders to the edge of the debris field. They have to go the rest of the way by foot", said Hyundai vice-president John Suh.

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In October, a 39-year-old woman stormed a kindergarten in Chongqing, southwest China, injuring 14 kids with a kitchen knife. Other reports suggested that the attacker may have worked as a janitor at the school in the past.

In addition to unveiling its latest concept vehicle, Hyundai also presented its future mobility road map at CES 2019. "Elevate can drive to the scene and climb right over flood debris or crumbled concrete", Suh said.

Hyundai claims that vehicles based on the concept could one day be used to save lives in response to natural disasters, such as earthquakes, forest fires or floods.

If someone could not access a building without a ramp, for example, the Elevate could walk across, level itself and allow the wheelchair to enter before moving it into the entrance.

Elevate is part of Hyundai's "Centre for Robotic-Augmented Design in Living Experiences" (Cradle), which aims to enhance transportation on and off the road.

"By combining the power of robotics with Hyundai's latest EV technology, Elevate has the ability to take people where no vehicle has been before, and redefine our perception of vehicular freedom", said David Byron, design manager at Sundberg-Ferar.

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